Second half of a class by William S. Burroughs on the technology and the ethics of wishing. This half contains additional commentary by Anne Waldman and Allen Ginsberg. Included is a question and answer session that covers the space shuttle Challenger explosion, lucid dreaming, yoga, feminine energy, DNA, the Dalai Lama, and music. Waldman also discusses the ego, rituals, science and why questions, death, birth, mortality, and the bodhisattva. (Continued from 86p001.) Keywords: beat movement, magic and poetry, mysticism and literature, science and literature, consciousness and literature
December 12, 2005 Subject:
some dreams seem rather dull
Cont. from Part One, a lecture that rambles along like the loosely connected ramblings of an old man. A very interesting old man, mind you, but nonetheless...
Here Burroughs continues to address and tangentalize from audience questions in a free dialogue. The audience is largely interested in Burrough's writing process, which he relates to meditative states, dreams, precognition, hunches.
There is a particularly interesting segment when Anne Waldman and others question Burroughs about his apparent commitment as an artist to "waking people up". Burroughs responds matter-of-factly, as we might expect...